Opened 21 May 2009
Written: by Andrew Bovell
Directed: Michael Attenborough
Cast: Naomi Bentley, Simon Burke, Jonathan Cullen, Lisa Dillon, Richard Hope, Tom Mison, Phoebe Nicholls, Leah Purcell, Sargon Yelda.
Synopsis: An epic play spanning four generations and two continents, When The Rain Stops Falling moves from the claustrophobia of a 1950’s London flat to the windswept coast of Southern Australia and into the heart of the Australian desert. When The Rain Stops Falling weaves together a series of interconnected stories, as seven people confront their mysteries of the past in order to understand their future, revealing how patterns of betrayal, love and abandonment are passed on, until finally, well into the future, as the desert is inundated with rain, one young man finds the courage to defy the legacy.
What the popular press had to say....
NICK CURTIS for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "The overlapping flashback structure is audacious, the point serious but most of the dialogue is of melodramatic dreadfulness and the plotting frankly absurd." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Superb play...This is a play for those who enjoy tightly wrought drama...One of the strangest features of this utterly compelling play is that, for all its rationalist instincts, it suggests that the sins of the father are always visited upon the children." JEREMY AUSTIN for THE STAGE says, "Delicately written, directed and structured." CHARLES SPENCER FOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "A work of gripping mystery and emotional depth...No one could pretend this is an easy piece, but its emotional intensity and poignant sense of transience mark it out as something very special." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Is always shrewd and sharp and sometimes genuinely moving."
Production photo by John Haynes